The Bushwick Starr Presents The 8th Annual BIG GREEN THEATER Festival
The Bushwick Starr presents BIG GREEN THEATER (BGT), an annual eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment. In our 8th year of BGT, our student playwrights from PS75 and IS77 are focusing on the theme of "Home", contemplating what we love about our own homes and neighborhoods, and what we wish could change about them.
BIG GREEN THEATER is a beloved community based program that brings the youth of Bushwick directly in touch with the professional world of theater. For a four-month period every year, The Bushwick Starr conducts an afterschool program with local 4th and 5th grade public school students, teaching them a combination of playwriting and environmental education.
The young writers, a wonderful and lively group of 10-12 year-olds, devise a series of short "eco-plays" inspired by what they're learning, which are then presented at the BGT Festival. The plays are performed by an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and designers using only green theater methods (recycled materials for sets and costumes, fluorescent and LED lighting, paperless programming, etc.).
Our theater is committed to being a part of community environmental awareness, and this program is our way of actively working toward change through a creative and interactive process. BGT is introducing a new model for arts spaces to provide community-driven green initiatives that serve a global cause.
BIG GREEN THEATER is Directed by Jeremy Pickard; Lighting: Jay Maury, Set: You-Shin Chen, Costumes: Sabrina Bianca Guillame, Props: Cheyanne Williams, Sound: Hannah Birch Carl, Composer/Music Director: Wesley Zurick, Production/Company Manager: Ann Marie Dorr, Stage Manager: Hanako Rodriguez, Assistant Stage Manager: Priscilla Villanueva, Interns: Laura Elliot, Cathrine Engelbirth Olsen, Jasmine Vasquez, Katie Yun Performed by: Torian Brackett, Amanda Centeno, Andrea Ferro, Sam Gonzalez, Orlik Guzman, Christian Jimenez, Penny Middleton, Serena Ebony Miller, Beethovan Oden, Kat Peña, Cristina Pitter, Julia Schonberg, and Wesley Zurick* *Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. BGT is an AEA-approved showcase production. Location: The Bushwick Starr theater: 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wyckoff]
Superhero Clubhouse (SHC) is a sustainable collective of theater artists and environmental advocates. SHC believes that individuals possess the power to make positive change, and consider those working for the betterment of the earth to be heroes of our time. SHC makes original eco-plays via a collaborative, green and rigorous process. Through the creation of allegorical mythologies, experiments in storytelling and science-inspired events, SHC works to ignite environmental conversations among audiences and communities in order to revolutionize theater and save the world. SHC is an equal partner in the BIG GREEN THEATER program.
Each year, SHC collaborated with SHC's "Captain", Jeremy Pickard, and his troupe to develop and implement the kids' writing portion, as well as bringing their words to the stage by creating the culminating performance festival. SHC has years of experience with creating youth-based green theater as a means for environmental education.
The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non profit theater that presents an annual Season of new performance work. They are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, they have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. They provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and they are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. Our past Seasons have included new work from groundbreaking artists such as The Mad Ones, Clare Barron, Dave Malloy, The Debate Society, the TEAM, and Half Straddle.